Do these need to be currently owned, If not.. then I'd like to nominate my old 1978 Roper 20T.
I don't own this one anymore, but this is the tractor that started my interest in the old Sears & Roper tractors. This was my neighbors tractor, which he ran around with no hood, on half flat tires & with governor hunting like crazy. He finally broke down and bought a new LT from tractor supply & decided to junk the roper. Well, he never got around to junking her, so he pulled the motor & the deck off and pushed her out to the street on garbage night. He was thinking that the scrappers would see it and so he was lightening the load so they could get her into the back of a truck.
When I came home from work & asked about it, he just said that he wanted it gone. I set the motor back on the frame & loaded up all of the parts laying there & pushed her home. I bolted the engine back down & hooked the wiring back up and had her running that evening. The Hood wasn't attached because the upper grill was destroyed.. It was in 4 pieces with one lower corner missing completely. The cable that was supposed to catch the hood when you opened it, was sticking out the front of the tractor & both headlights were missing.
The deck was so rusted that the right side mandrel was falling off & the paint was so blistered from the rust under it, that it looked like it had been repaired with a coat of bondo... never sanded, then painted. The seat, as you can see in the pictures was shot.. and the wheels had been spray painted a time or two, and the layers were peeling off. If this wasn't bad enough, there was grass clippings & weeds stuck in every crack on the tractor & the field mice had made a nest of paper & rags under the dash.
The engine would start & run,, but would hunt so badly that she'd nearly die every time that she slowed down. Upon investigating, a lose carb & a torn gasket were the cause of most of the hunting, so with a little gasket material & some silicone, I got her back to a half normal Idle. A little carb tweaking took care of the rest.
I used the tractor like this till the end of that summer, but as soon as I found a new deck for her, I started working on a little make over.
This was all back in 2001, so these weren't digital pictures.. they are scans of the pictures I took at the time. By the way, I had her for 5 years & sold her.. then my buddy bought her from the guy I sold her to.. so I still get to spend some time with this old friend.
Just for fun I added two later pictures of the Roper 20T. The one without the loader is how she looked when I sold her, & the one with the loader is how she is currently set up.
Edited by stripmine, September 15, 2013 - 11:06 PM.